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Comment Re:This is better how? (Score 1) 144

What are the (projected) long-term side-effects? Is it worth the long-term costs?

It's almost like they need to do a large clinical trial to actually find out. If only they'd do one...

Someone else pointed out the difference between "improve" and "completely erased". But for someone who has a lot of mental disorders running through the family tree and with friends, there is vast differences for what works for one person but not another even for similar symptoms. I'd be extremely surprised if the 60-70% and two-thirds very closely matched. It's never a bad thing to have additional options to treat a condition.

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'DroneGun' Can Take Down Aircraft From Over 1.2 Miles Away (thenextweb.com) 147

The more drones being sold around the world increases the likelihood of them being used as part of a criminal act. For example, ISIS has been using drones in Iraq to carry and drop explosives. In an effort to protect consumers, an Australian and U.S. company called DroneShield has announced a product called the DroneGun. The DroneGun "allows for a controlled management of drone payload, such as explosives, with no damage to common drone models or the surrounding environment," the maker says on its website, "due to the drones generally responding via a vertical controlled landing on the spot, or returning back to the starting point (assisting to track the operator)." The Next Web reports: DroneGun, a handheld anti-drone device, has a range of 1.2 miles. It also looks like an unlockable item in a first-person shooter. The "gun" uses a jammer to disable electronic communication across the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz frequencies. Blocking these frequencies cuts off communication between the drone and pilot (or GPS) and forces it to land safely or return to its operator -- which assists in tracking the offending party. At 13 pounds, it's a bit cumbersome, but still capable of being operated by one person. It's also mostly a point-and-shoot device and doesn't require specialized training to use. DroneGun isn't approved for use in the United States -- thanks, FCC. If approved the device could provide a useful tool for taking down drones at airports, over crowded spaces, and in war zones.

Comment Re:I saw that too (Score 1) 2

I block all their tracking and ads, even the ugly brown embedded ones (or were they rust coloured? Don't recall) but still want to support the site. If enabling ads is the only way, then they lose. Ad trackers will not be allowed.
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I realized that I had not topped up my /. subscription in some time and went to do so. Saw this:

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Comment Re:Making the switch! (Score 1) 83

Google "Macbook BGA" or "Macbook reflow". Heat issues lead to video chips solder joints breaking over time. It's not an issue that is unique to Macbooks, so I'm not hating on Macs, but it is an issue over time.

Regarding hard drives, I've had laptops whose mainboards have died and weren't worth the cost to repair them. I've never had a problem popping out the hard drive, plugging it in to another computer, and pulling off my files. When the storage drive is directly soldered to the mainboard...not sure how I would recover that data. Sure I could get a time capsule so that all my files are backed up, but that's just another $250 expense on top of everything else just so I can save .01mm thickness.

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